Author Archives: Walter I. Balane

Bukidnon 2018: Public Outlook Series: Stakeholders push for local peace initiatives in Bukidnon (6)

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 01 February) – Peace talks, including initiatives for dialogues at the local level, must be pursued to attain peace in the communities, stakeholders said in their responses to Bukidnon 2018: Public Outlook Series on peace and security. Malaybalay Bishop Jose A. Cabantan, a peace advocate, said the government and the National […]

Bukidnon 2018: Public Outlook Series: ‘Strengthen green governance in Bukidnon’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 18 January) – Strengthening environmental governance, including revisiting of the 2008 Bukidnon Declaration on the Environment and a review on the province’s environment code, is among the expectations expressed by stakeholders in their response to the Bukidnon 2018: Public Outlook Series initiative. Ms. Marie Angeli C. Abendaño, faculty member of the […]

Bukidnon placed under state of calamity

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 17 January) – The Provincial Board of Bukidnon on Tuesday declared a state of calamity covering the entire province over the devastation brought by tropical storm “Vinta,” estimated at P583.96 million. The board adopted the resolution passed by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) on January 8 recommending […]

‘Indigenous peoples must assert right to self-determination’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 12 January) – Indigenous peoples must understand and assert their right to self-determination, tribal leaders in Bukidnon told the Bukidnon 2018: Public Outlook Series initiative. Datu Amay Iwag E. Linsahay, a Talaandig chieftain in Manolo Fortich town, defined the right to self-determination as freedom from conquest and submission to beliefs, knowledge, […]

Bukidnon urged to go organic to sustain agri resources

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 4 Jan) – Bukidnon going organic to sustain its agriculture resources was among the key insights shared by leaders from different stakeholders on their outlook for agriculture in the province in 2018. In his comment for the “Bukidnon 2018: Public Outlook” series, organic farming advocate Junah Bayag said the province should […]

2 Matigsalug villages among those heavily affected by ‘Vinta’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 28 Dec) – Among the villages in Bukidnon affected by the wrath of severe tropical storm “Vinta” were the villages of Simsimon, Brgy. Kalagangan in San Fernando town and Panganan, Kitaotao, all in Bukidnon. Bukidnon State University assistant professor Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan, who is the officer in charge of BukSU’s […]

Bukidnon-Davao highway closed for 6 hours

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/22 December) – The Bukidnon-Davao highway was reopened to vehicles around 3pm on Friday, six hours after it was closed due to a landslide along the highway in Quezon, Bukidnon, according to Fort Cabarde, reporter of Radio Kilat in Quezon town. Cabarde said four landslides blocked the highway, one of which was a […]

Forced evacuation imposed in 10 of 31 villages in Valencia due to ‘Vinta’ 

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 22 December) —  “Code Red” or forced evacuation, has been declared in Valencia City due to typhoon ‘Vinta,’ Samuel Langub, public information officer said. Out of the city’s 31 barangays, forced evacuation has been implemented in all 10 barangays along the Pulangi River — Lumbayao, San Isidro, Sinabuagan, Kahaponan, Sugod, Batangan, […]

Street food

Barbecue vendor Pao Oche tends to his grilled pork and fish business while a customer waits at the sidewalk along Manolo Fortich Street in Malaybalay City on 12 November 2017.  MindaNews photo by WALTER i. BALANE  

Talaandig Day

Tribal elders from Bukidnon’s seven hill tribes perform a dance at the launching  of their One Million Lutya (taro) initiative on Talaandig Day, 14 October 2017 in Sungko, Lantapan, Bukidnon. Each of the seven tribes will plant one million hills of lutya in their respective ancestral domains to ensure food security. They plan to set […]

Tugade: safety, volume, transparency key to sustain Davao-GenSan-Bitung route

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews / 30 April) — Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade cited three ingredients to ensure the sustainability of the Davao-General Santos-Bitung roll on roll off (RoRo) route launched Sunday by Presidents Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and Joko Widodo of Indonesia: safety and security in the high seas, sustained volume of business; and customer […]

Tremor damages infra, cuts off power and water

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 12 April) – The magnitude 6.0 quake that jolted Mindanao early Wednesday morning left damages to infrastructure in the municipalities of Kalilangan in Bukidnon and Wao in Lanao del Sur, according to reports from their respective Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (MDRRMO). Francis Garcia, local DRRM officer of Wao, […]

Magnitude 6.0 tremor wakes Mindanao

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 12 April) – A magnitude 6.0 earthquake woke up Mindanawons early morning Wednesday, reportedly damaging some houses and buildings in the municipality of Kalilangan, Bukidnon. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology initially reported epicenter of the 5:21 a.m. quake at six kilometers east of the Kalilangan town center (07.76°N, 124.81°E) […]

RoRo shipping service to ply Mindanao-Indonesia route

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 March) – The Philippine and Indonesian governments will launch next month a roll-on, roll-off shipping service that will link Davao and General Santos cities to Bitung City in Indonesia, an official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said. Presidents Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and Joko Widodo of Indonesia have been invited […]

Forced evacuation employed in areas near Pulangi River

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 19 Jan) – Authorities in neighboring Valencia City have started forced evacuation of residents in threatened areas near the Pulangi River starting late Wednesday evening as rains continue to pour in. Junerey Valero, coordinator of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) of Valencia, told MindaNews over telephone that […]

Flash flood claims one casualty in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/17 January) — A woman farmer in San Fernando, Bukidnon who was carried away by flash flood while trying to cross the town’s Tigua River around 4:30pm Monday was found dead in Maramag town Tuesday. Ai-ai Balode, 22, was from Sitio Balacayo, Barangay Namnam, Rou Francis Piscos, San Fernando Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and […]

Lumads caught in crossfire welcome ceasefire

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 27 August) — The Lumads (Indigenous Peoples) of Bukidnon, many of them caught in the crossfire of the decades old conflict between the Philippine government (GPH) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) welcomed the indefinite ceasefire declared separately by the two parties and other positive developments announced Friday at the end […]

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: Reflecting on the killings for “better Philippines” 

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/29 July) – The world is very opinionated, thanks to social media. Even a nine-year old may now react directly to a shared post on a politician’s decision or a starlet’s narcissism on her selection as the sexiest. And a minor can draw direct and sometimes unkind responses, too. This child could be […]